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Hidden in the recent news that numbers of ethnic minorities in the UK will grow from 8 to 20 per cent of the population in 2051 is that fact that with the 'other white' ethnic group growing fast and fuelled by expected high levels of immigration from Europe, Australasia and the US, the percentage of people identifying themselves as being of 'mixed race' is expected to grow substantially from the figure of 1.2 per cent of the population in the 2001 census to as high as 4.2 per cent.

Over 3.5 per cent of births in England and Wales in 2005 were mixed-race babies, and the group is predicted to overtake Indians as the largest minority group by 2020. This story is being repeated all over the Western world, especially in those countries that already have high levels of multicultural populations. For example, multiracial US Americans officially numbered 6.1 million in 2006, allowing for some margin for error due to some ethnic groupings that classify themselves...

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